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"I haven't seen anything. I've been on my couch asleep," the three-time All-Star said Monday at the Trail Blazers practice facility. Aldridge currently sits sixth among Western Conference frontcourt players almost 400,000 votes behind leader Anthony Davis of New Orleans. "I never really gotten into that type of stuff," Aldridge said. "I've gotten in every year on coaches votes so that's what I look forward to." Oregonian

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With a step-back, buzzer-beating 3-pointer against the Detroit Pistons, LaMarcus Aldridge netted his 11,333rd point in a Trail Blazers uniform, making him the second-leading scorer in franchise history. The basket moved him past Trail Blazers legend Terry Porter, who had held the No. 2 spot for nearly two decades with 11,330 points. Last season, Aldridge passed both Jerome Kersey (No. 5 with 10,067) and Cliff Robinson (No. 4 with 10,405) on the scoring list. NBA.com

December 8, 2014 Updates

All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge on Monday was named Western Conference Player of the Week, becoming the second Trail Blazers player to earn the award this season. Aldridge averaged 27.0 points, 11.7 rebounds, 1.33 blocks and shot 46 percent from the field, while accumulating three double-doubles over three games, to earn the honor. What's more, the Blazers (16-4) went 3-0 during the week, as Aldridge led them to victories over the Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks. Oregonian

Aldridge made headlines over the summer when he said he emphatically would re-sign with Portland for the full five years in explaining why he was turning down a short-term contract extension. The Knicks have cap space and a great amount of interest in Aldridge. “I’m not even going to talk about it,’’ Aldridge said. “I went into the season saying I was coming back. I’ll play the season out and go from there.’’ New York Post

Asked by The Post Sunday if he will still listen to teams’ overtures, Aldridge, the three-time All-Star out of Texas, said, “I’m not even going to get into it. It’s something I’ll talk about this summer. Right now it would be a distraction if I talked about it. I don’t want to be a distraction to the team by talking about it.’’ Aldridge has heard the pleas from Knicks fans on the street this weekend and on social media. He has a spectacular mid-range game for a big man and rebounds well. “Of course,’’ Aldridge said about hearing Knicks fans. “Here, on Instagram, everywhere. Fans here are very loyal and talk about coming here. I don’t tell them anything.’’ New York Post

December 7, 2014 Updates

Perhaps Aldridge will join the Knicks this summer, but more likely he will stay in Portland, just like center Marc Gasol will stay in Memphis. Why would Aldridge or Gasol accept less money to join a franchise with one of the league’s bottom three records? The Post reported Friday the Knicks realize the odds are stacked against them for Gasol. New York Post

The Knicks, whose priority this offseason is signing a big man, can offer just four years to Aldridge, who would be a nice fit in the triangle because of his post-up and mid-range game. Nevertheless, with the new TV contract worth billions, Aldridge could sign for two years and wait for the explosion of the salary cap and max contracts that are expected to take place starting in 2016. The Blazers are off to a 15-4 start — a strong pull for Aldridge to remain comfortable in wanting to remain in Rose City. Aldridge is dazzling, averaging 22.2 points and 9.8 rebounds. New York Post

December 5, 2014 Updates

Anybody who knows Aldridge, or anybody who has even casually spent time around him during his nine years here, has a good feeling they know the answer to the question. Aldridge is coming back to Portland. Oregonian

But those people don't understand how important it is for Aldridge to be comfortable. If he signs a maximum contract for another team, there will be huge expectations, attention, and obligations to fulfill ... all while having to get acclimated to a new team. I presented my theory to Aldridge on Thursday, and he didn't agree or disagree. "I'm definitely comfortable here, but this is all I know,'' Aldridge said. "I can't say I would be uncomfortable in those environments you talk about, but I can say I'm comfortable here, because I've been here so long and I understand this market, this city, this organization. So there's that extra level of comfort here.'' Oregonian

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